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About Dublin

The Irish capital Dublin has undergone an incredible transformation in the last decade with many modern buildings springing up to add to its historical and cultural appeal.

Dublin's pubs and bars are world-renowned from the city's oldest, The Brazen Head, to the newest wine bar. A visit to the Guinness Storehouse and Brewery provides an insight into the history of Ireland's favourite tipple.

Grafton Street is a shopper's paradise with a stop at Bewley's historic coffee house a must for people-watching.

The library at Trinity College is home to the eighth-century Book of Kells, with the National Museum housing exhibits dating back from the Irish Bronze and Iron ages. The city's literary heritage is celebrated at the adjoining National Library with works of famous Irish writers such as Beckett, Joyce, Swift and Yeats collected together.

 

Shore excursions in Dublin

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Belfast Panorama and Titanic

Activity medium

Duration: 9 hours

Combine the main sights of Belfast with a visit to the fascinating and interactive ‘Titanic Belfast’.

Departing Dublin port, your 2¼ hour drive will take you across the border into Northern Ireland and on to Belfast City.

At the Titanic Quarter, a visit to the state-of-the-art ‘Titanic Belfast’ provides a fascinating insight into the tragic liner. Special effects, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features reveal the Titanic story. Explore the 9 large galleries on a self-guided audio tour and if time permits, you can also view the slipways where the Titanic was launched or relax in one of the restaurants.

Afterwards, enjoy a panoramic drive of Belfast city taking in the main sights of Northern Ireland’s largest city, including the Grand Opera House, the Albert Memorial and the majestic renaissance-style Belfast City Hall which houses the Titanic Memorial in its grounds. A photo stop will be made at the political wall murals at the Protestant Shankill Road and the Catholic Falls Road, both of which are a poignant reminder of Belfast’s turbulent past.

There will be free time allowed in the city centre for you to purchase lunch and perhaps do some shopping, before the return journey to Dublin.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The visit to Titanic Belfast is a self-guided audio tour. There are lifts to all of the 6 floors and guests will have around 2 hours in total at the attraction.

Belfast Panorama and Titanic

Causey Farm Experience

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 5½ hours

Meet the Murtaugh family and immerse yourself in an array of activities at their traditional Irish farm.

Located in the heart of the rich Meath grasslands, Causey Farm raises sheepand cattle as well as a small herd of Connemara ponies. The family will welcome you and take you on a traditional experience full of activities and learning.

During your time at the farm, you can take part in a working demonstration with the farm's sheep dogs and master the fine art of baking brown bread. If you prefer, you can milk a cow, play a bodhrán (an Irish goatskin drum) or try your hand at hurling. In the old stone barn, traditional Irish music will ring through the air and you’ll have the chance to learn a few steps of a Celli dance.

In the cosy farmhouse a delicious homemade beef and Guinness stew will be served, followed by a freshly baked scone and a tea or coffee.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The level of walking and hands on involvement is at the discretion of the guest. Those who suffer with back problems or health conditions that may be affected by any of the activities should not participate. The terrain is uneven and comfortable, flat closed toe shoes must be worn. Please ensure you wash your hands thoroughly following the handling of farm animals.

Causey Farm Experience

City Tour and Guinness

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy a tour of Dublin before discovering the ingredients, the process and the effort that goes into making a pint of the ‘black stuff’.

Embark on a journey to the historic city of Dublin, a city tour will take you round the Dublin’s main sights, including the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam, Old Parliament House, Trinity College, Dublin Castle, City Hall, Christchurch Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral, before visiting the home of the famous brew – Guinness.

The Guinness Storehouse is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery. It is a dramatic story that began over 250 years ago and ends in ‘Gravity’, the sky bar, which has astonishing views of Dublin. The ‘Guinness adventure’ begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building’s giant, pint-shaped heart of glass. Find out how the drink that carries Arthur Guinness’s name has travelled around the world.

After your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to taste the world famous stout. There will also be time to shop in the Guinness Store, where you’ll find the world’s greatest selection of Guinness memorabilia.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Entrance into the Brewery itself is not permitted. There are several stairs to negotiate within the Guinness Storehouse. Please note that your visit to the Guinness Storehouse is self guided and due to its popularity can become busy. On Sundays and bank holidays there may be alcohol purchasing restrictions in the brewery gift shop.

Croke Park Stadium Skyline Walk

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Take to the Croke Park Stadium Skyline walk for panoramic views like no other over the city of Dublin.

Croke Park Stadium is home to the Gaelic Athletics Association and to Dublin’s only 360 degree skyline walk. Located 44 metres above the ground it overlooks the stadium and affords views that stretch across the surrounding countryside, with Dublin city in the distance. After a safety briefing, you’ll walk up to the top tier of seats and up to the top of the stadium to the skyline walk. Follow your guide and listen to interesting facts, as you make your way along the designed platform that spans the circumference of the stadium. Take time to look down over the stadium and absorb the surroundings. After your skyline experience, there will be an opportunity to browse the stadium museum and gift shop, before rounding off with a panoramic city drive.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Children under the age of 10 and those who have undergone surgery in the 6 months prior to the call date may not participate. Guests will be required to wear a safety harness. The skyline walk is 0.6 kilometres long around the roof of Croke Park Stadium. There are in excess of 100 steps to negotiate to reach the skyline walk. Participants must be in good physical condition. There is a height restriction at the skyline walk, and all guests must be over 4 feet tall. The skyline surface is relatively flat. Flat, non-slip shoes must be worn.

Croke Park Stadium Skyline Walk

Discover County Wicklow

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 5 hours

Combine a leisurely drive through some of the finest scenery in Ireland with a visit to an important monastic site.

Your scenic drive through County Wicklow into Wicklow Mountains National Park will take you past mountains, through lush glens and by pretty lakes, which all combine to create a naturally beautiful backdrop.

On arrival in Glendalough, you’ll visit one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. The early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St Kevin in the 6th century and consists of a number of monastic remains. One of Europe’s finest examples of Round Tower architecture can be found here, as well as a cathedral, stone church and decorated crosses. Admire the picturesque setting as you take a guided tour around the scattered monastic ruins.

Afterwards, your scenic drive continues to Enniskerry, where a stop will be made for you to enjoy refreshments of tea or coffee and scones, at a local hotel.

On the return journey, enjoy more of the surrounding scenery as you head back to Dublin.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Approximately 1 hour is spent at the monastic ruins, the terrain in parts is uneven and gravelled. There are some steps without handrails to negotiate and extra caution is advised. A stop will be made on the return journey to take photos of the scenery.

 

A selection of cruises to Dublin

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